Jaime is a lifetime resident of Union City. He grew up in the Decoto District and is raising his 16 year-old daughter there as a single parent.
He attended schools in the New Haven Unified School District his whole life and graduated from James Logan High School in 1989. Jaime was a member of the first Forensics Team at Logan, coached by Mr. Tommie Lindsey.
Jaime graduated from Chabot College with Associates Degrees in Business Administration and Administration of Justice. He later received his BA in Political Science from CSU Hayward and received an MBA from CSU East Bay.
Jaime was on the Union City Human Relations Commission from 2012-2018 and served as Chair from 2013-2016. While on the Human Relations Commission, he is proud to have co-authored the City’s Compassionate City Resolution. He also served on the Itliong/Vera Cruz Renaming Committee, the Union City Police Department Strategic Plan Steering Committee and the General Plan Advisory Committee.
Jaime has been a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Union City since 2014. In 2020, he served at the SCU Lightning Complex Fire Base Camp at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Jaime was also on the Board of Directors for Centro de Servicios from 2016-2018. They are the oldest community service organization in Southern Alameda County. He still frequently volunteers there. Centro de Servicios gives emergency food, legal aid and other services to those in need in our area.
Jaime has been on the Board of Directors for the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) since 2013, currently serving as its Treasurer/Finance Chair. TVHC has a $45 Million annual budget and 260 employees. TVHC provides quality healthcare to those in need regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
Jaime is currently employed as a Finance Manager for a national healthcare corporation, handling multi-million-dollar contracts daily and ensuring access to quality care for its members. Jaime has also negotiated Housing Navigation Center contracts for members that have Medi-Cal as their primary insurance.
Jaime has been on the City Council since 2018. He represents the City on the League of California Cities. He is a member of the Latino Caucus, the Governance Transparency & Labor Relations Policy Committee and was just recently appointed to the League’s Board of Directors. He also represents Union City on the Board of Directors of East Bay Community Energy and is Chair of the Marketing and Legislative sub-committee. He is also a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).
Jaime is also a part of the National League of Cities (NLC), where he is Vice-Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO), a Latino Advocacy Group within the NLC. He was part of a group of City Officials from across the country that made the historic visit to Puerto Rico in June of 2022 to reach out to officials from over 40 municipalities on the island to hear their concerns and priorities.
During the Shelter in Place, Jaime teamed up with other community members to give out lunches and produce to families in need in Union City. What started out as a food drive helping about forty families has grown to a drive that now helps about 250 families.